Pros and cons of playing 2 QBs

I thought it was interesting that in the ajc.com poll on whether UGA should consider playing two quarterbacks this season, 63 percent of the folks responding said yes.

On the surface, it seems like a no-brainer. The more real game experience your backup quarterback gets, the better off you’ll be if your starter goes down for some reason. And it’ll be a plus the following season when your senior starter has graduated. We all remember all too well what it’s like to enter a season with no experienced QB.

But it’s not that cut-and-dried. While D.J. Shockley went on to become a UGA hero when he finally became the starter in his senior season, the not-quite-but-sort-of dual quarterback system that Mark Richt used during the time Shockley was backing up David Greene didn’t work all that smoothly.

Initially there was some minor controversy among fans as to which QB should be starting, with a vocal minority lobbying for Shockley. Noises from the Shockley camp about him possibly tranferring didn’t help. But Richt wisely stuck with Greene, though he continued to give Shockley regular playing time. I remember watching Greene thread the needle on a particularly difficult pass for a first down that season and my son commenting, “How can you not keep in a player who can make a throw like that?”

Once Greene was established, the tide in fan sentiment turned a bit, at least in my section of Sanford Stadium. I remember fans gritting their teeth and muttering when Greene would be pulled according to Richt’s arbitrary game “script” (usually for the third offensive series) to insert Shockley, frequently taking the momentum out of Georgia’s offense and disrupting Greene’s rhythm. It’s not like Greene wasn’t getting it done; it was simply Shockley’s turn. 

But Shockley the backup wasn’t nearly the confident, proficient player that Shockley the starter later would be, and he often tried to do too much in his brief time in the game, resulting in errors like that dismal pick he threw against Florida, resulting in a Gator touchdown.

At the same time, I’m sure Shockley’s performance his senior season was due at least in part to the playing time he’d had as a backup.

So, to bring it back to the current situation, I don’t really have a problem with giving the backup (presumably Logan Gray) regular playing time. In fact, I think it would be a good idea. (This is assuming, of course, that Joe Cox plays up to expectations and remains the starter.) 

The key is how you do it. Following an artificial script that doesn’t take into account how the game’s momentum is going, as Richt initially did with Shockley, is counterproductive. Of course, it can be tough to determine when is the right time to insert a “change of pace” quarterback. Should he be used for entire series, or is it better to put him in, for instance, on a down when it might help to have a quarterback who’s more of a running threat? And if you give him entire series, should you wait until the game is well in hand, or is such “mop-up” playing time not really all that valuable? That’s something Mike Bobo and Richt have to determine.

As my son pointed out when we were discussing this, one danger in playing two QBs, of course, is falling into the Spurrier syndrome where you pull them so often that the players’ confidence is wrecked. But Richt has never shown that tendency, thank goodness, as was evidenced when he stuck with Matthew Stafford through thick and thin once he’d settled on him as the starter in the second half of the 2006 season.

So what do you think? Alternate series? Insert Gray for key plays? Mop-up duty only?

 

62 comments Add your comment

lastgrad

April 21st, 2009
9:57 am

Best option for fans is to remain just that, fans. Let the coaches handle the hard decisions like who plays and who doesn’t. They have a much better knowledge of the players, the game plan and the opponent. Sit back and enjoy the game. You are with 90,000 friends who love the Dawgs. What more could you ask for! But now that you have mentioned it, ……. naaaaaaa, GO DAWGS!

Huh?

April 21st, 2009
10:05 am

With the schedule that we have this year and the questions that we have about our defense, running backs, and receivers, I don’t think its the time to fool around with a 2 QB system. We aren’t good enough. We got away with it during the Greene-Shockley years because we had a dominating defense to rely upon. If the defense is dominating, sure, give Gray a series or two. There’s little harm if we have to punt. If defense is giving up 40+ ppg like it did at times last season, foggettaboutit. We’re going to need all the points and yards that we can get. Gray will just have to wait for Tennessee Tech week or something. Everything goes back to the defense. EVERYTHING.

Ben

April 21st, 2009
10:11 am

I think a player like Gray can be utilized in a few circumstances. One way would be to break the huddle with him at QB just for one play, kind of a trickery sort of thing. You could run something that took advantage of his ability to move.

I’m not a huge fan of sticking him in for an entire offensive series unless Cox isn’t getting it done. Say Cox comes out and stalls on three straight series, then you could give it to Logan and see what he can do. That also provides Cox a little motivation to get back out there and fight through adversity.

Other than that, just use him at the end of the game.

DawgGirl32

April 21st, 2009
10:28 am

I agree about keeping it consistent with one QB. The beginning of 2006 was not fun to watch when we were shuffling QBs around. I think there’s a big question mark around our receivers right now and I think starting 2 QBs won’t help. That’s not to say that we wouldn’t be able to use Logan Gray in certain situations, but keep Cox as the starter. I feel he’s more than capable.

reservoirDAWG

April 21st, 2009
11:03 am

I don’t like a two qb system. It takes away from the starters rhythm and effects their focus. Then again, I’ll leave that decision to the coaches.

richtfan

April 21st, 2009
11:04 am

if there is one thing RCMR knows how to do it’s how to handle QBs. We have that as the least of our worries this upcoming season. He will know when to put Logan in there. The guy has a serious all around skill set, and he’ll do just fine when called up. There is no controversy over whom the starter will be. It’s going to be Cox. We had better hope that he is the starter all season. Any break from that will mean that he has not done the job and needs to be replaced, which is not good.

Ramblin Dawg

April 21st, 2009
11:18 am

I don’t know if the two situations are comparable. In Greene you had an established starter who was confident in his ability to perform. In Shockley you had a dynamic player who could give the opponent a different look (and because of the script, opponents had to spend time in practice preparing for Shockley, which helps Greene all the more). Who among the current Dawg QB’s is the Greene and who is the Shockley in this new scenario? Joe Cox has some experience but he’s not a know starter and confident like Greene and he offers none of the changeup that Shockley offered. Logan Gray doesn’t even have the little bit of game experience that Shockley had prior to his senior year, and not even any practice reps at QB. Murray and Mettenberger are without any experience at all.

I think the more accurate comparison would be Joe Cox2009=Joe Tereshinski, Logan Gray=Joe Cox2006 and Murray/Mettenberger=Matt Stafford2006. Cox has more game experience than Joe T. had at the time, but he’s definitely not what Shockley was coming into his senior season. Remember, Shockley was never given an opportunity to be the starter until Greene was gone. Joe Cox was given the opportunity but didn’t deliver in 2006. He should be better than he was then, but will it be significant? Gray is like Cox was in 2006, not a true freshman, but little to no experience at QB. He does have game experience, so he’ll know what the game speed is like, but when you’re taking the snaps, how much will the game speed up from that perspective? Murray and Mettenberger are exactly like Stafford, true freshmen who are highly recruited and expected to be stars at some point. What I’m interested to see is how having two Staffords will affect the two of them and how they compete and develop. Does it make a better starter at QB, or does having them share what little reps they might get retard their development. That’s why I’m not sure why they are wanting to insert Logan Gray into the depth chart at #2 QB. Why not commit to Joe Cox as the starter (which they seem to have done) and then let the two freshmen compete and get more snaps to be the #2 starter? Then the other guy will redshirt, and you can have Logan Gray on standby in case of injury to Cox, as the #3 QB.

Sanford Drive

April 21st, 2009
11:34 am

I agree with previous posters about sticking with one QB. While I liked DJ Shockley as a starter, I didn’t really like switching him out with Greene. I remember during the FL game one year, Richt put him in there and he immediately threw an INT. Also, the Greene/Shockley duo was a lot more versatile than a Cox/Gray system. Greene was a pocket passer. Shockley had speed. But more importantly, both had game experience. Cox and Gray have very little game experience. We’re going to have problems if we try a 2 QB system. Stick with Cox.

Otto

April 21st, 2009
11:43 am

Stafford did not deliver until later in ‘06 either. Cox is far better than JoeT. Cox is better than JP and he won the west with Bama last year. Cox was an elite 11 QB and has alot of potential. JoeT was not. JoeT could never look off his receivers.

A 2 QB system can work but not scripted like the DJ situation. Urban made it work really well for UF.

UGADawg83

April 21st, 2009
11:53 am

I see using Gray in a way not unlike the way Tebow was used his freshman year. It seemed to work well. Lets take advantage of his skills rather than simply try to fit a square peg into a round hole.

Bill King

April 21st, 2009
12:03 pm

I like UGADawg83’s idea. Seems like the best way to get him in the game without getting too disruptive.

Cuz

April 21st, 2009
12:04 pm

Take the ball in the second half and if we are leading come out with Logan. That should shake up a defence used to a Cox led offense. Or go with the Tebow 10 yards in package.

Cuz

April 21st, 2009
12:06 pm

Defense with a c, can anybody tell I graduated from UGA?

Dorsey Hill

April 21st, 2009
12:10 pm

I would not be comfortable with any rotation of qb’s with the minor exception of doing what Meyer did with Tebow in 2006 i.e, situational substitution. If Logan Gray, or Bacarri Rambo for that matter, are more effective at keeping Blair Walsh on the sidelines in the red zone, then by all means substitute in those instances, otherwise stick with the starter.

The real concern for UGA this year, however, is not going to be qb rotation. In watching the spring game it was very obvious, at least to me, that we only have 1 play maker that we can count on: AJ Green. I think that Joe Cox would do fantastic with a great deal of talent around him, but if all we can do is throw to a triple teamed AJ Green to get yards we are going to have problems. We need consistent play from the TE position, 2 RB’s we can count on every down, and a threat from another WR position. Barring that we are going to struggle.

That struggle will lead not to a rotation, but to disaster leading to a replacement at qb. Murray has shown that he can make/create plays by moving around and delivering strikes on the run. In other words, he is a playmaker and Joe isn’t. If we can’t generate offense we won’t have any choice but to throw Aaron out there.

We better hope that Marlon, Orson, Rontavious, and Washaun are ready to contribute immediately. OK State will score points no matter how improved our D is. I would put their over/under at around 25. We are going to have a hard time matching that with the skill position players that I saw on April 11th. 0-1 with the slate of games (SC, at Arky, LSU) that we have in Sept. could lead to a meltdown of epic proportions.

I see this current squad as being on a teetering point. We can be undefeated going to Jax, but we could just as easily be playing for bowl eligibility vs. Tech.

Mike

April 21st, 2009
12:14 pm

I can’t go by GDay results alone, but from what I saw, it looks like Logan should be the starter, screw 2nd string.

However, I think Joe will do fine. If he does intend on using the 2 QB system, I think he should gauge it by the flow of the game.

Hunk Erdown

April 21st, 2009
12:14 pm

Over the last few years, Joe Cox, through on the field competition, won the back-up QB position over Gray. Since Stafford’s departure, Joe Cox, through on the field competition, has now won the starting QB position over Gray, and all comers. Last year, it was so evident to Gray that Cox was the better QB that Gray asked to be placed on special teams. These references and comparisons between JoeT III and Cox are erroneous and meant as some kind of attack by the haters, hopefully, true Dawg fans will realize this, understand that there is a reason that the nation’s top QB prospects are lining up to come play for CMR, and shut up. CMR knows what he is doing, he has long past made it past his “new car smell” coaching days.

I strongly believe that the transition from the Stafford era to the future will be smooth, maybe even better.

I look for Bobo to put in some sets for Logan Gray, something along the lines of the “Wild Hawg” thing that Nutt did at Ark, but I don’t think we will see anything like a true two QB offense… in 2009, at least. In 2010, when these freshmen become sophmores… who knows?

One thing is for certain, the future at UGA looks rich at the QB spot, and unlike a lot of you, I see no drop off with Joe Cox at the helm.

Alabamadawg

April 21st, 2009
12:21 pm

Ramblin Dawg you need a drug test !!! Murray and Mettenburger are highly recruited stars, but I expect if given a fair chance next year Logan Gray will be our starter…

Dorsey Hill

April 21st, 2009
12:28 pm

Hunk Erdown,

I agree with what you are saying about Joe but you have to recognize he has athletic limitations. If he is handing off to backs that get stuffed, throwing to receivers who can’t create space or drop it when they do and he’s is taking five step drops and getting nailed, there is nothing that Joe can do about it. He can’t go out on the perimeter, create time to make throws and deliver strikes on the run i.e, he ain’t John Elway who could win playoff games (but not SB’s) with zero talent around him.

He requires talent around him to be effective and so far I’m not seeing it with the exception of Mr. Green. This is not a commentary on Joe, its a commentary on Aron White, Caleb King and all of the wr’s not wearing No. 8.

Hunk Erdown

April 21st, 2009
12:38 pm

I appreciate what you’re saying Dorsey, and yes, my statements are based on an assumption that the rest of the offense will be somewhat succesfull. I think the difference is that you are assuming the worst, based on what, the spring scrimmage? I really think we will be fine at the receiver positions (may have to rely on a few more tight end passes) the big drop off I see right now is at tail back. I really hope we get it solved by August, but we may have gotten a bit spoiled with Knowshon. We may have to realize that our running game, while effective, might not be as exciting.

slobodan

April 21st, 2009
12:41 pm

The only thing I know about Logan Gray’s QB abilities is that he was recruited by major colleges and signed by one based on his high school career. I’ve read that he is capable of running..Don’t know a thing about his passing..Someone suggested use him like Florida used Tebow in his freshman year – you gotta be kidding with that comparison; Gray might be able to run, but he is no fullback…And I didn’t notice a lot of shifty, speedy or strong running on his punt returns last year. I think Joe Cox is a question mark also; along with the young ones. The dawgs’ backs and most of the receivers are question marks..The one thing I do know: if our defense, offensive line play and special teams are subpar, the Dawgs will be beaten often..And this is not just true of Georgia..There are several SEC teams in the same predicament..

Johnny DangerDawg

April 21st, 2009
12:45 pm

It’s not gonna happen. Richt is gonna keep Cox in the game until the Dawgs are up by 24 points. But it is fun to *talk about* putting in Logan Gray for a couple plays a game. I would like Logan go in on a 1st-and-10 where he reads the defense, has the choice of running himself or pitching to the tailback, executes the play, and goes out. Do that a couple times. It will work a couple times before defenses catch on, so then you give them the same look but tell Logan he can throw the ball.

UGAer

April 21st, 2009
12:50 pm

Until they clean up the drug issue it’s gonna be rough.

RedandBlack

April 21st, 2009
12:52 pm

Joe Cox definitely deserves a shot to start at QB. However, Cox’s
arm strength and overall performance with the first team offense at the G-Day game were not very good when compared to Logan Gray and his overall performance with the second team offense. Cox’s play also has to say something about the improved play of the first team defense that his team was matched against. That defense was stout and rowdy. A good change, and hopefully indicative of future performance.

Aaron Murray was very impressive as young and inexperienced with the offense as he is right now. Mettenburger looks to be the likely QB to get the redshirt for 2009.

Joe Cox will get some serious competition from Logan Gray this summer. Everyone’s contributions will only improve the QB position and leave Coach Richt with some tough decisions come August. All are great Bulldogs, and Coach will pick the best ones to start in Oklahoma. September is getting closer… Go Dogs!!

Dorsey Hill

April 21st, 2009
12:52 pm

Hunk Erdown,

No one hopes my concerns are baseless and unfounded more than I do. Five drops and no real running game in the Spring game has got me very concerned though. This is not an offense that will be able to survive a lot of 3rd and longs. Unfortunately that is what you get when you can’t get production from your running game and the receivers drop the ball in traffic.

Again, I hope I am wrong, but if we put up off. numbers like we did last year and it isn’t with heavy production from at least one true freshman, I’d be shocked and very happy to say I was wrong.

Hunk Erdown

April 21st, 2009
1:23 pm

Dorsey

One thing you and I have in common is that this ain’t our first rodeo. I know that as a fan we try to glean as much info and insight as we can from wherever we can but that spring game just never has been a great indicator of things to come. I refuse to fall into the trap of letting that small glimpse make me have sweeping judgements that later on prove to be off base. If someone has some information other than just the one scrimmage that we know about, I’m all ears. I saw the same scrimmage, tivo’d it, have rewatched it several times, and I just don’t get all the doom and gloom. It was what it was… practice. And I’ll tell you this, I also watched Alabama’s scrimmage and people “could” come away from it saying that Bama will suck to high heavens this year, but I think that would be a terrible mistake. I think I will reserve judgement and trust the highly rated recruits and professional coaches to bring it all together by game time.

Sanford Drive

April 21st, 2009
1:24 pm

By the way everyone posts, you’d think we are going to have the absolute worst team in the country next year. Dropped passes in the spring game? Yeah, those were bad, but keep in mind a lot of those receivers are 3 stringers who won’t be seeing a lot of playing time. Caleb King is certainly not the next HW, but between him and the other backs, we’ll be fine. We’ll have plenty of yards.

Ferndolin

April 21st, 2009
1:27 pm

Does Logan Gray bring something different to the table that Joe Cox doesn’t? Can he run as could D.J.? If changing QBs doesn’t alter the offensive strategy substantially, I see no reason to platoon other than to get LG some PT.

Charlotte Dawg 06'

April 21st, 2009
1:46 pm

Well, he runs a 4.4 40 and from what I’ve heard can also throw the ball and move around well in the backfield. So I’d say that definitely adds a whole new dimension defenses would have to prep for.

Dorsey Hill

April 21st, 2009
1:49 pm

I only saw one drop from a non-scholarship player and that was Zach Renner. Aron White had two drops. I would not be concerned about drops in a spring game if it weren’t part of such an extensive pattern of drops by our receivers in real games. I’m sure Coach Eason was somewhere saying “I told you it wasn’t my fault.”

It is past time that we treated WR’s and TE’s like we do RB’s. If you put the ball on the ground you don’t play, period.

Charlotte Dawg

April 21st, 2009
1:50 pm

I guess I’m the only one here that thinks Gray is not only better than Cox but will be the starter by the end of the year. And since our RB production is probably going to drop considerably, it will help to have a speed demon under center. I think we’ll see a lot of Gray.

Remember, he was a top 10 Dual-Threat QB out of high school as well. So apparantly he impressed the analysts enough to get him in the top 10.

Ferndolin

April 21st, 2009
1:50 pm

Well then, Charlotte Dawg, there may a benefit to platooning QBs. I’m for optimizing our chances for an SEC championship and beyond no matter what it takes (legally of course).

Cuz

April 21st, 2009
2:01 pm

When I said use Logan ala Tebow in the 10 yards and in situation, I did not mean use Gray to pound it up the middle. Use his scrambling ability to shake up the defense by not knowing if he will run to the side, throw or hand off the ball to the tailback. If we use him as a fullback he will be done by the South Carolina game. And don’t use him in every situation. Let’s quit being so predictible on offense and get our red zone production up.

Tony

April 21st, 2009
2:09 pm

I really enjoy reading all the differant prospectives about what people think might or should happen. It’s pretty interesting & almost everyone has a good point. First, I want to let ya know that the Spring game isn’t a good indicator of how the team is going to do. Mainly its for recruiting purposes (ESPN) & to give fans a football fix to hold them over for a while. A lot of starters were out for that game, & for good reason. Our coaches are smart enough to know not to injure anymore starters if they can or to show too many offensive plays to our rivals for obvious reasons. Many of the recievers that dropped passes are not starters. I know Micheal Moore dropped a pass from Mattenberger, but it was a five yard hundred mile an hour bullett. I think it’s all going to come together for the DAWGS in time for Okie St. & I have a strong feeling that Gray is going to be a situational QB, but overall not going to see even half of the playing time unless heavan forbid Cox gets injured.

dawgfan1911

April 21st, 2009
2:27 pm

I say just give the ball to Logan Gray! From what I have seen, this guy can make the throws and plays for us to win. Not only has he shown the ability to be accurrate, but he is mobile enough to make plays when the play breaks down. Lets get this clear, the bulldogs are not a championship team! Maybe in a few years they will be. The year Shockley got hurt was their year and they missed out because of that injury. They will lose 3 to 4 games this year, but thats ok if they are learning and growing fron their experience. Remember when Florida had a poor defensive secondary and the very next year they were the best defense in the sec and now they are one of the best in the country.

Huh?

April 21st, 2009
2:38 pm

To those that say the spring game was meaningless, let me put it this way: If we had played Florida that day they would have blown our doors off. But you say “Huh?, we don’t play Florida in April. We play them in October.” Yes, that’s true, but it also completely misses the point. The point is that RIGHT NOW we aren’t good enough to compete with Florida. Not even close in fact. And things don’t just magically get better when the lights come on in the fall. We have an unbelievable amount of work to do to have a successful season this year, some would say its an insurmountable amount of work. They may be right. I agree with Dorsey Hill. This team could be 7-5 or 10-2. There’s just no way to know. I can tell you one thing is for sure though. We won’t be able to sleepwalk through the season and win 10 games like we did last year. If we’re as sloppy as we were last year this team will be doing good to have a winning record. Don’t kid yourselves otherwise.

YaDaddy Dawg

April 21st, 2009
2:48 pm

Cox looked terrible during the G-Day game. He has ZERO arm strength. Case in point- had he been able to air it out, the flea-flicker play to Green would have been an easy TD. At this point, the two best options appear to be Gray and Murray. Sure, the feel-good story of Cox waiting for 4 years to finally get a crack at the job is nice, but the fact is that he just doesn’t have what it takes to be a full-time starter at UGA.

Tony

April 21st, 2009
3:01 pm

One thing’s for sure. We wont disapoint the “talking heads” this season. There are no expectations, & Georgia is off the radar. I believe this team is going to be scrappy & will have to earn every yard of every game. They will either be 6-6, or 10-2. I just wonder who’s going to step up this year & make plays cause this team will be tested early & often with one of if not the toughest schedule in the nation. They will have to show up in Stillwater in late season form. If there is a time for Senior leadership its this year. We’re going to see what Joe Cox is made of & can he keep the team together through a murderer’s row of SEC play that eases up a little for an off week before “TWLOCP” in J-Ville. GATA!

OZZFEST

April 21st, 2009
3:02 pm

My only real complaint against Richt is that he NEVER PLAYS THE BACKUP quarterback. During the David Greene years, Shockley played only on occasion (Yes, I was there for the INT in Jax in 2002…) Since Joe T got hurt in Columbia in 06, Stafford has been the signal caller, with no real participation by the relief pitchers. Georgia would do well to “get the next guy ready”. I hate to think what the last two years would have been like if Stafford had broken his ankle. That said, can anybody help me get a ticket to the OSU game?

SECFan

April 21st, 2009
3:16 pm

Didn’t Miami just go through this??? Hope UGA learned something by watching how not to handle a 2 QB situation. The UGA faithful should be patient and stand behind Richt’s thought process on this one.

Jonathan

April 21st, 2009
3:19 pm

I’m not a huge fan of a two QB system but with our struggles in red zone offense under bobo (who I do like, I am not talking down about bobo) I think Logan could add a major threat there and he could be great on third and short with the option run (is what fl did with Tebow as a backup, I’m not saying he is tebow either) Also using the two it will make opposing teams have to prepare for both in different situations.
I like the thought of what they can do with Logan and Cox.

go gators

April 21st, 2009
3:26 pm

Georgia is going to be one sorry football team. Your QB will earn the nickname Turnover Cox by the end of the season. And then after posting a losing record, you idiots will boo Mark Richt all the way down to Tallahassee where will beat him some more.

Charlotte Dawg

April 21st, 2009
3:39 pm

OZZFEST,

That’s b/c Richt’s teams lack the killer instinct to get up ahead by a comfortable margin during the second half. We couldn’t even pull away from Vandy, UT, or Auburn last year as bad as they were.

That’s why you never see the backups. You can’t put them in when you are only up by a touchdown. I agree that it is best to ease these guys in but we really have not had the luxury of playing our back ups, etc. b/c it seems like we are always clawing and kicking just to win the game against a mediocre team.

Deep Ball

April 21st, 2009
3:44 pm

Cox is a great leader and a good decision maker. He doesn’t have an incredible arm or blazing speed, but he can manage the offense and pick up first downs–especially if the O-line is as good as some think.

Logan Gray reminds me of Colt McCoy. He’s efficient and doesn’t get too greedy. He uses his legs to create favorable passing lanes and does a good job drawing in LB’s so he can dump over their heads. Murray showed some of this as well.

With that said, I think the Dawgs should have one primary starter (Cox’s job to lose) and throw in Gray when the timing is right, versus just when it’s his turn. If Cox does not perform well early on, I believe Logan can win ballgames.

I think people are being way too dramatic about the Spring Game. Bottom line is that we’ll have another 40 players come September and there will be solid players to run, throw, and catch. UGA will be a sleeper both in the SEC and nationally this year.

Deep Ball

April 21st, 2009
3:48 pm

Charlotte Dog,

Amen on the lack of killer instinct–drives me crazy! I am a big CMR fan but he’s gotta help this program learn to BEAT teams instead of just getting by.

harry rand

April 21st, 2009
3:52 pm

Really have you seen Gray play? He changes everything a defense is doing. Plus every time I’ve seen him throw he is extremely accurate.

mgdawg

April 21st, 2009
3:52 pm

I’m for anything that makes us more efficient in the red zone. For the last three years, we haven’t executed well inside the 20. If Gray makes us better, then let him play some in those situations. Or let Caleb King or someone else with speed lineup at QB in the Wildcat formation. We need to do something to make sure we’re scoring touchdowns, especially with our shaky field goal kicking game.

Clay

April 21st, 2009
3:53 pm

The quarterback giving Georgia the best chance to win should be used. Period. Whoever looks the best in practice should get the nod. As long as he is getting the job done and no one else starts looking any better, he should keep the job. That Murray kid looked pretty good in G-Day.

Keep it Real

April 21st, 2009
4:12 pm

What seasons was you watching, Green would be stinking it up and Shockley would bring us back then he would put Green back in there. I just know one thing ,we need to beat Florida this year and not slip on a bs game in the sec

OZZFEST

April 21st, 2009
4:56 pm

I AGREE ON THE LACK OF KILLER INSTINCT. THAT COMMENT IS DEAD-ON. I KINDA WISH RICHT WENT TO CHURCH EVERY OTHER SUNDAY INSTEAD OF TWICE A WEEK….

Charlotte Dawg

April 21st, 2009
5:09 pm

Amen OZZFEST,

I hate to say it but Florida is the best example of what a killer extinct in football can do for you. All too often, it is just a few series or one specific quarter where Florida just jumps all over an opponent, can tell the opponent is in a flux, and basically kicks the enemy until it is guaranteed that the threat is over. Meyer has the killer instinct. Mark Richt does not! And that killer instinct does not give your 2nd and 3rd string QB’s, WR’s, RB’s, etc valuable game experience.

When Georgia gets ahead, then Richt and Bobo get conservative, we start punting every series, our defense starts getting tired, and then the next thing you know, the 4 quarter comes around and we’ve got a ball game. That’s not how it should be week in, week out! Blow outs are fun!but for the Bulldog nation, it is something that we have become accostomed to unfortunately.

It will happen this year as well. Just wait.